Elena Polyviou
“Voice Up”: Empowering teenagers through drama and theatre

The workshop focuses on the importance of using drama and theatre as a medium of empowering teenagers. Drama and theatre create a safe space to deal with sensitive issues, to get to know ourselves and connect meaningfully with others. Through various drama activities and play, the participants will explore the social function of theatre as a new way of approaching teenagers and encouraging them to let their voices up and get a better understanding of the teens’ world.

Elena Polyviou has a bachelor’s degree on Greek Philology and a master’s degree on Applied Drama. She is currently a PhD candidate on Educational Sciences (Drama and theatre in education). She is the President of the Non-Governmental Organisation “Motivation in Arts” and the co-owner of Learning Attitude, arts & education centre in Paphos, Cyprus. She is also a member of the Pool of Trainers of the Cyprus Youth Council and the Coordinator of the Research Working Group of ASSITEJ Cyprus. As a drama facilitator, she has applied a variety of theatrical programs to children aged 3-18 in schools and organizations, while she has experience in Drama in education & community. She has facilitated drama workshops for teachers at the Theatrical Organization of Cyprus and participated as a researcher in the Pan-Hellenic Theatrological Congress 2017 and other local and international conferences proposing the use of drama techniques as methods of non-formal education as well as a way to promote self-confidence and social empowerment. She has also participated in programs of the Cyprus Youth Organization and other European programs. On a voluntary basis, she has been a member of the Playback Youth Theater group as a facilitator of applied drama and has implemented workshops using drama as social intervention in Prison and young Offenders groups.